Water Security for Climate Resilience: How research can support action for COP26 and beyond

26 October 2021
Hybrid Event

Date & Time: 26 October, 5-6PM

Hybrid Event:

Event description:

According to the IPCC, changes to the planet’s water cycle represent one of the biggest impacts of the climate crisis. This year only, extreme flood and drought events have demonstrated the sheer impact of these hazards for communities worldwide. But climate change is affecting water security for humans and ecosystems in many more subtle ways.

This event will convene leading researchers from the UK, Africa and Asia to discuss key findings and recommendations from six years of interdisciplinary research led by the REACH programme across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. We will ask: what does the science tell us about water security and climate resilience? And, most importantly, how can this information support policy makers and practitioners in making policies, decisions, and investments that build climate resilience?

These questions could not be more timely, with COP26 - and its first ever Water Pavilion - around the corner. However, it is critical that we sustain action and commitment beyond the COP to ensure these improvements benefit vulnerable groups and those affected by poverty in the short and longer term.

Speakers:

  • Introduction to 'Water Security for Climate Resilience Report': Dr Katrina Charles and Dr Anna Murgatroyd (University of Oxford)
  • Scientific presentations: Prof Seifu Kebede (University of KwaZulu Natal / Addis Ababa University), Dr Marina Korzenevica (University of Oxford), Prof Salehin Mashfiqus (TBC - Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology)
  • Panel discussion: Prof Rob Hope, Dr Ellen Dyer, Dr Katrina Charles (University of Oxford)

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Kelly Ann Naylor, Associate Director, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Section, Programme Division, UNICEF

'Our partnership with REACH recognises science has a critical role in designing and delivering effective policy and improving practice on the ground.'

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